Electricity and hydrogen combined in a retro car designed for competition

The modern car and the inspiration of the origins. The Pony Concept coupe never made it to production, but it was the basis for the Pony that launched the brand internationally in the 1970s.

The Serie N for Hyundai it’s like the M for BMWas the Toyota GRthe Mercedes-AMG and so many more examples. It is the sports version or with more character, for those who see a human trait in a car. The N family of the Korean brand is the one that has its models competing in the World Rally Championships (WRC) and Tourism (WTCR), although always with cars that, both in their street and racing versions, are powered by internal combustion engines.

It was known for a long time that they were developing in conjunction with Rimacthe electric mobility brand that, in addition to its own line of hypercars, works for many companies in the industry, an electric Hyundai for sports projects, so that The surprise was not so great when the arrival of a concept car called the Hyundai N Vision 74 was announced.

The hydrogen tanks, the fuel cell and the electric motors, all the technology that Hyundai exhibits in the N Vision 74
The hydrogen tanks, the fuel cell and the electric motors, all the technology that Hyundai exhibits in the N Vision 74

And the name of the car says almost everything, although it has to be explained. the letter Nas said, is the sports version hyundai word Vision expresses the idea of ​​the future and is used by many brands to name concept models, and finally the mysterious number 74which is nothing more than a reference to the design on which the first car of the brand that left the local market to reach other countries was based, the 1974 Hyundai Pony.

What they intend with this new Vision No. 74 is to make a specific car to show developments linked to sustainability and high performanceand that will be done through different sports challenges, both in drifting mode and on tracks like the demanding Nürburgringin Germany. The car will not be a production vehicle, but a technological showcase.

Angular lines, an aspect clearly identified with the 70s, to show the use of sustainable and performing technology for the future
Angular lines, an aspect clearly identified with the 70s, to show the use of sustainable and performing technology for the future

For that, the new propulsion proposed in this concept car is that of combine hydrogen fuel cells with electricity in the conventional sense. This is done with two electric motors that are powered by a battery, but it’s not a common battery like those found in fuel cell projects. Those are a way to convert hydrogen into electricity by reverse electrolysis, however, in the N Vision 74, that is not the case.

The lithium-ion battery with 62.4 kWh, works with a voltage of 800 volts and is also a buffer that stores while transmitting electricity. The capacity of the fuel cell is much higher than that of other FuelCell vehicles, as it has a capacity of 95 kW. This allows the boosters, both located on the rear wheels only, achieve a power of 670 hp and more than 900 Nm of torque. The capacity of the pressurized hydrogen tank is 4.2 kilograms, which can be fully recharged in just 5 minutes. At maximum speed the Hyundai N Vision 74 is capable of overcoming the barrier of 250 kilometers per hour. Placing a third motor on the front axle is also being studied, to provide the car with another 300 CV of power and counterbalance the balance in the two trains.

The N Vision 74 together with one of Hyundai's new N models, the ioniq 6 in a sports version, which has also been shown as a concept for the future
The N Vision 74 together with one of Hyundai’s new N models, the ioniq 6 in a sports version, which has also been shown as a concept for the future

In addition, in this concept model, a unique logic with e-TVTM (Electronic Torque Vectoring from Twin Motors) to enhance the cornering experience with 235 kW motors, equivalent to 315 hp at each rear wheel. For Hyundai, development not only means showcase the potential of their technology, but also show that they continue to bet on hydrogen, something that had remained on uncertain ground when last year it was announced that projects of this type were temporarily halted.

The final message is much more global, it is for the world of motorsports, which in the FIA ​​world championships is following the path of partial electrification with hybrid propulsion in Formula 1, Endurance and Rally, and which could begin to look with different eyes. the application of hydrogen in fuel cells and electric motors as another alternative to explore.

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